iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3

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iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3

I was recently given the opportunity to review an iPad app by Disney.  This special app, called Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3, is part of their new Language Learning Read Along initiative, and is designed to help children — and adults, if they are so inclined — to learn how to read and speak Chinese with the help of your friends from Toy Story 3!

The folks at Disney deserve many kudos for this app — it is so incredibly detailed, it takes quite a while to get through all of it, and even after looking at all of the nooks and crannies, I still haven’t absorbed it all in, so don’t ask me to speak to you in Chinese, please!

The premise of the app is that you read the story first in English, and then you substitute some of the words for Chinese, then more of the words, and so on until all of the story is in Chinese.  Take a look at these screen shots for more information.

iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
All the words are in English.
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
1/4 of the words are in Chinese.
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
1/2 the words are in Chinese.
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
3/4 of the words are in Chinese.
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
All the words are in Chinese.

There are some other incredible features for this app.  For example, do you see the little toy microphone to the left of these screen shots?  If you tap that, it will open up the recording feature of the program, which will allow you to record your voice for practicing pronunciation of Chinese words — or, if you are learning English, English words.  You can record the words as often as you want, and play back the recording to see how you compare with the narrator’s recording.

iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
Tap the microphone -- I dare you!
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
See my recording!

Have you noticed that you can highlight the words?  When you tap on it, it will briefly highlight and the narrator will pronounce the word.  However, if you “flick” the word with your finger to the bottom of the screen, it will put the word at the bottom, but translated into Chinese (or if you are reading the word in Chinese, it will translate it to English).  That is just one of the things that really documents how well designed this app is, and what a great job the folks at Disney did.  Take a look at these two screenshots to see what I mean.

iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
Just "flick" a word to the bottom of the screen!
iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3
See - "pictures" in Chinese is pronounced "zhao-pian"

I really can’t stress enough how incredibly well designed this app is.  The cost of this app is $4.99, and for such a small fee, it really does pack a lot of learning into the app!  My daughter Sophie has a book that talks about the Chinese language, and even shows how to write some common Chinese words, and she loves this app.  If you are looking to get your children interested in a foreign language, this app may be just the ticket for you to make learning fun for your children.  Give it some thought, you might just find yourself learning a new language!

  • iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases “Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3″ for iPad(chipandco.com)

iPad App Review: Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3

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